Visual artist Moyra Davey was born in 1958 in Toronto, Canada. Her work includes photography, writing, and video. Many of Davey's photographic subjects include disregarded objects such as empty bottles, dust, and books. Her work reflects the relationship between production and consumption, particularly in an economy oversaturated with mass and over-producing. Her work gives beauty in the details of debris and remnants of what once was or could have been.
While on a residency in Paris in 2009, Davey folded one of her photographs to mail to a New York gallery group show, which led to her "mailer" work series. Each work in the series, entitled "Trust Me", was folded, taped up, stamped, and written on with texts. The marks on the photos, including ones from wear and tear during the mailing journey, contribute to the intimacy and beauty Davey conveys in the process of dissipation.
Davey's work has been exhibited at the Kunstahalle Basel in Switzerland, MUMOK in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and New York, the Tate Modern in London, and many more renown institutions. The Canadian artist studied at Concordia University, University of California, San Diego, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She currently resides in New York and is part of the faculty at Bard College of Internation Center of Photography Program.
Images courtesy of Moyra Davey
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